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November 3, 2015

Newton County School System will host the 5th Grade Elementary Honor Chorus Concert on Friday, November 6 at 5:30 PM in the Olive Swann Porter Auditorium on the campus of Newton College and Career Academy. Admission is free and the general public is invited to attend.

According to Ms. Amy Rains, Music Specialist at Heard-Mixon Elementary School and Music Content Specilaist for Newton County School System, each elementary school in the district sends approximately ten, fifth-grade students to represent their schools in the Honor Chorus. In order to make the chorus, students must first audition for their school music teachers. 

Students and the schools they represent include:

  • East Newton Elementary—Anslee Boss, Zyon Byrd, Amori DeRouen, Rhin Eubanks, Darrell Kipsey, Avery Mize, Aubrey Parham, Katelyn Remes, and Alona White;

  • Fairview Elementary—Hailey Baker, Marissa Bryant, Noa Durden, Jesany Johnston, Keyon Mapp, Alicia Newton, Jaimoni Parker, Josephine Reynolds, Kimberly Rodriguez, and Reign Walker;

  • Flint Hill Elementary—Charlotte Abernathy, Madison Arnold, Cayden Banks, Cole Barker, Zoey Forbes, Rylan Haney, Briannah Heenan, Teagan Ralston, Tia Richards, and Kayla Stewart;

  • Heard-Mixon Elementary—Karissa Aldridge, Yuvia Alvarez, Sarah Dietrich, Sarah Ann Edge, Alanna Gosnell, Taylor Horton, Charity Newman, Michael Sharpe-Martinez, Cheyenne Taylor, and Slade Yale;

  • Live Oak Elementary—Lynia Brown, Jacinda Cerreta, Nia Dorisca, Arianna Dupree, Tyler Ann Huzzie, Madina Jones, Nia Meredith, McKenzie Strozier, Trinity Taylor, and Caliyah Williams;

  • Livingston Elementary—Hannah Ash, Layla Barrett, Brett Binns, Danielle Foster, Kenai Greer, Tristian Houston, Sarai Mendez, Tioni Parker, Jaylnn Rowland, Jesse Stallworth, Kacen Taylor, and Miguel Walton;

  • Mansfield Elementary—Mary Alice Clark, Sarah Dalton, Jenell Fuller, Sam Harper, Matthew Jolley, Addison Krieger, Steven Livingston, Jay Nipper, Amber Northern, and Nolan Pollard;

  • Middle Ridge Elementary—Zykeria Brake, Keiara Darty, Sara Fredericks, Haley Knox, Makiya Marks, Naija McGee, Trinity Nunnally, and Warner White;

  • Newton County Theme School—Justin Benton, Milan Browning, Jordan Caines, Caroline Chiapetta, Ansley Douglas, Joanna Fisher, Amya Hayes, Joshua Johnson, Syze Odum, Lance Thacker, and Arion Thomas;
  • Oak Hill Elementary—Mindy Bertelson, Addisyn Gardner, Madison Gonzales, Aurora Gray, Natalie Henderson, Bethany McGowan, Sara Quillen, Bianca Russell, Kaylee Stachowicz, and Allison Trantham;

  • Porterdale Elementary—Koby Crumbley, Dekoda Dawkins, Dyanna Griffiths, Alexis Hernandez, Sarah Morgan, and Markayla Rowland;

  • Rocky Plains Elementary—Austin Farmer, Elias Hamblin, Kayla Johnson, Christa Murphy, Selket Portillo, Kyler Riley, Kylie Vaughan, Stephen Washington, Lauryn Wheeler, and Nykeria Williams;

  • South Salem Elementary—Rebekah Cannon, Leila Diallo, Leilani Goring, Gabriella Green, Timmy Jones, Makenzie Joseph, Jaaren Leveritte, and Ethan Pierce;

  • West Newton Elementary—Nehkiya Alford, Serenity Clarke, Sierra Dew, Elizabeth Miller, Victoria Perez, Jaydn Ramey, Justin Sterlin, Courtney Sylvester, Gabrielle Turner, and Tyler Turner.

Honor Chorus students will perform under the tutelage of guest clinician, Lynn Urda, the Founder, Conductor & Music Director of the Gwinnett Young Singers. In addition to providing concerts in the Gwinnett area, Gwinnett Young Singers has performed over one hundred concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Chorus.

Mrs. Urda also serves as the Director of Youth and Children's Choirs at Tucker First United Methodist Church. She maintains an active schedule as a guest clinician, conductor and adjudicator for All-State Choruses & Honors Choirs, choral festivals, and workshops for youth and their conductors. She has distinguished herself for her unique ways of achieving excellence in choral blend, intonation and sensitive singing. Mrs. Urda holds a degree in Music Education and Voice from Florida State University School of Music. She is a former public school music specialist and has spent the majority of her professional life serving as a church musician, directing children's, youth and adult choirs.

“We would love to invite all faculty and staff of Newton County Schools and the general public too,” said Ms. Amy Rains, Music Specialist at Heard-Mixon Elementary School. “The students have worked very hard to prepare for this concert and I think the audience will be amazed at the musical talent on stage this Friday.”